Originally Posted by logical
I dont know why gamer Joe should have to opt to put his together even if he knows how. Maybe gamer just is just tired of all of that and just wants to play games with minimal effort.
It's because most of these pre-builts cut corners on quality. For what they do sell you they charge more for it than what it costs to get the components yourself. If they have a lower price it's because they skimped somewhere, like putting in a cheapass PSU, or some no-name barebones motherboard. The included RAM in particular is almost always something slow and cheap.
It's true if you need a cheap office PC it's hard to build one for less than what a pre-built costs, and in that case overall performance doesn't matter. But if you actually want high performance machine a pre-built is generally not the best idea, IMO.
To be fair, you can probably find a decent pre-built, although it will still be overpriced, but if you're really that opposed to putting the PC together yourself, then go for it. I guess...